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Apr 12, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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To say the least, the Church’s teaching here is subject to misunderstanding, mischaracterization, and ridicule. The Gospel of Life speaks of a commitment that is holistic, touching every aspect of human life. Thus, as Catholics, we accept that our faith speaks to our moral choices and dilemmas. Abortion, to quote John Paul II, is an “unspeakable crime.” Contraception denies the “truth of the conjugal act.” This we clearly teach, and behind this is simply our belief that God is the...
Topics: Pro-life, Catholic, John Paul II, Gospel of Life, contraception, euthanasia, contemplative outlook,...
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Apr 5, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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The truth behind the Church’s teaching on matters of life—whether in matters of economics, politics, bioethics, healthcare and so on—is quite simple. The Church has always taught that life is sacred. As Christians we believe God created each one of us and that each person is loved by God and meant to live forever in communion with him. Thus, each human person possesses a sacredness that nothing can erase. In the  Gospel of Life  we learned how the Church proclaims again the truth of...
Topics: Pro-life, Catholic, culture of life, culture of death
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Mar 21, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk explores the scriptural roots and historical catalysts of what has come to be known as Catholic social teaching (CST).  In this corpus of magisterial teachings, one finds the articulation of age-old Judeo-Christian values in the context of a social world that has undergone drastic restructurings and revolutions in its institutions, cultural, political, and economic. Special emphasis is given to the concept of "true societies" by which one may understand a social world that...
Topics: social justice, social teaching, Catholic, RCIA, true societies, unity of order, aggregate,...
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Feb 28, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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Conscience is the“sanctuary” in which God speaks to the human soul. Conscience is sacred, yet it’s not infallible. We have the responsibility to form our conscience according to the truth. This is a serious responsibility which we should embrace with our entire mind and heart. Conscience is not identifiable simply with whatever we think is right or wrong, but corresponds to our capacity for objective truth.  We must consider both the laws of God and the teaching of the Church. In the...
Topics: Conscience, Freedom, Secular Freedom, Freedom for Excellence, True Freedom, Liberty, Libertas,...
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Feb 21, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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In this talk, we explore prayer as a gift of communion with God deriving from His initiative of love.  It is a relationship in which we grow in holiness by a continual development and maturation of the life of grace according to our faith, hope, and love, being docile to the Holy Spirit thanks to the seven gifts.  These virtues and gifts are infused in us as a seed of eternal life in the sacraments of initiation.   The three ages of the spiritual life are explored to show what,...
Topics: Catholic, Prayer, Conversion, Dark Night of the Soul, Dark Night of the Senses, Sanctifying Grace,...
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Feb 7, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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The question of morality is one that addresses our deepest longings for unlimited happiness.  How do we order the desires of our hearts, our capacities, habits, and activities in order to reach true joy? What must we do in order to have eternal life?   Happiness is bound up with our becoming what God intended us to be, His image and likeness.  God's "law," then, is really an owner's manual for human nature, that if we follow his Commandments, we will have the full fruition and...
Topics: Law, dictate of reason, common good, ordinance, precept, commandments, decalogue, shema, love of...
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Jan 31, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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In the union of husband and wife, we find the potential for the greatest of friendships, bound together in affection, and open to the shared responsibilities of parenthood.  What is peculiar to this little society?  It has a cosmic dimension, capacitated to participate in the creative work of God, forming with Him new human beings made to His image and likeness, endowed with immortal souls.   Though the "one flesh" union of matrimonial life is quite  intimate , the fruits are the...
Topics: Matrimony, natural marriage, sacramental marriage, covenant, Ephesians 5, Genesis 2, Genesis 1,...
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Jan 17, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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This is a recorded discussion on some of the most important chapters of Avery Cardinal Dulles' masterwork, Models of Revelation , in which he lays out his theory of symbolic mediation as a means of retaining the strengths of each of the five models, while ridding them of their weakness in a higher synthesis via God's mediated self-revelation through symbol (understood widely to include both myth and sacrament).  We go on from there to discuss the everpresent theme of Christ as the high point...
Topics: Symbolic mediation, models of revelation, cardinal dulles, rahner, catholic, st. rita, theology...
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Jan 17, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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Salvation is the fruit of reconciliation. When the Son of God took our human flesh—living, dying, and rising again—we were given access to the communion of the Trinity.  Through Christ, we are able to share in the life of God, in his peace. To share in the peace of God is wholeness, salvation. This is what we mean when we talk about redemption. We take part in this through baptism, receiving at that sacramental moment the peace and purity of God. Yet, after baptism, we remain free. We’re...
Topics: Forgiveness, peace, reconciliation, confession, penance, contrition, attrition, binding and...
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Jan 10, 2019 Joshua Clemmons
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It is clear in the Gospels that Jesus gave Peter a unique ministry among the Twelve. Peter’s ministry was to “feed” and “tend” the sheep. Likewise, he was to “strengthen the brethren.” His ministry rested upon his faith in Christ and upon God’s divine promise. Upon Peter the Church was founded, and Peter was given the “keys to the kingdom of heaven.”  Among the Twelve, he is uniquely the key-bearer.  The ministry of Peter continues in the ministry of the bishops of Rome....
Topics: Peter, Papacy, keys of the kingdom, infallible, canon law, governance, shepherd, bishop of Rome,...
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Dec 13, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk is about Christian Hope and the Last Things.   We talk about Jesus and the Kingdom, both here in us by sanctifying grace, ordered to consummate grace in the beatific vision (heaven), and to come--when God is all in all (second coming/parousia).   There is also a discussion on Purgatory, its reasonability and necessity, and the real possibility of purgation in this current life through growth in holiness (special shout out to St. John of the Cross and the Dark Night of the...
Topics: Last things, heaven, hell, purgatory, grace, beatific vision, Thomas Aquinas, John of the Cross,...
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Dec 13, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk explores Avery Cardinal Dulles' Models of Revelation , specifically that of Revelation as New Awareness.  It goes on to compare the five models, setting up for the second part of the book.  
Topics: Cardinal Dulles, Avery Dulles, Models of Revelation, New Awareness, Comparing Models, Catholic,...
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Dec 6, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk explores Avery Cardinal Dulles' exposition of two models of revelation:  Revelation as Inner Experience and Revelation as Dialectical Presence.    
Topics: Revelation as Inner Experience, Revelation as Dialectical Presence, Avery Cardinal Dulles, Models...
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Dec 6, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk explores the Catholic understanding of Mary, the Immaculately Conceived, Ever-Virgin Mother of God, who is the Queen of Heaven, Full of Grace, the Mediatrix of All Graces, Co-Redemptrix, the New Eve, the Ark of the New Covenant, and the Icon and fulfillment of the Church.  
Topics: Mary, the Immaculately Conceived, Ever-Virgin Mother of God, who is the Queen of Heaven, Full of...
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Nov 29, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk explores, foundationally, the idea of liturgical worship in the Catholic Church, as a communal way of participating in Christ as His Bride.  All are called to this "public work" of giving God His due of gratitude and adoration, participating in the sacrifice that only Jesus could perfectly make.  
Topics: St. Rita, RCIA, Catholic, Church, Worship, Liturgy, Eucharist, Heaven, Trinity, Anselm,...
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Nov 23, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk explores Cardinal Avery Dulles' Models of Revelation , especially the models of Revelation as Dogma (the propositional view) and Revelation as History.  The prior sees God's self-disclosure from the organizing history of propositional knowledge achieved through words.  The latter emphasizes God's action in history as the paradigm of revelation.   There is also a minor Thomistic addendum that shows how St. Thomas Aquinas does not fit into the neo-scholastic propositional model of...
Topics: Dulles, Aquinas, St. Rita, Theology Guild, revelation as dogma, revelation as history, salvation...
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Nov 15, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk surveys a range of patristic authors on the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist, a few medieval controversies and developments, and a theological framework to better understand the reality of the Eucharist.  
Topics: Communion, Eucharist, true presence, Body and Blood, Bread and Wine, Sacrament, Blessed Sacrament,...
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Nov 8, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk looks at a number of keys scriptural texts about the Eucharist, with special emphasis on the Bread of Life discourse in John, the institution account in Matthew, the encounter on the road to Emmaus in Luke, and the early Church witness of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.  
Topics: Eucharist, true presence, scripture, St. Rita, Catechesis, RCIA
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Oct 25, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk introduces Avery Cardinal Dulles' work, Models of Revelation , putting it in context of magisterial texts like Dei Verbum  from Vatican II, and setting the stage with articulated questions about the nature of divine revelation.  
Topics: Dei Verbum, theology of revelation, types, models, models of revelation, Avery Cardinal Dulles,...
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Oct 25, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk discusses the Sacrament of Confirmation as it is understood in the Scriptures, the Early Church, and ultimately, by the Catholic Church in the present day.   There is a pretty good question and answer session as well, with subject matter ranging from the nature of the official interpretative body in the Church with regard to the Scriptures, whether the Church takes any official stands in politics, and what the nature of fear of the Lord is, esp. as it develops from servile to filial...
Topics: Confirmation, sealed in the Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Sacraments of Initiation,...
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Oct 19, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk is about the dignity of human labor and its priority over capital.  This is a fundamental aspect of the Catholic Church’s social teaching and is easily lost in our culture and even in our psyches as we tend to evaluate our worth as human beings, and that of others, along the paradigm of net worth, salary, etc.  It’s good to revisit how human dignity diffuses out into the works of our hands, giving them value and providing us something to offer up to God as tokens of our...
Topics: labor, capital, socialism, communism, capitalism, economism, materialism, subject, object, use,...
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Oct 18, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk explores the biblical witness and a brief historical survey of the sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church, as the means of becoming a child of God, obtaining sanctifying grace (which both heals and elevates one's soul), washes away the stains of original and actual/personal sin, infuses theological virtues of faith, hope, and love, infuses cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, and fortitude, and provides the gift of the Holy Spirit, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel,...
Topics: Baptism, sacrament, efficacious sign, water, typology, Noah, Moses, original sin, actual sin,...
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Oct 11, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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In this talk, we explore the relationship between the Scripture and Holy Tradition, which together constitute the Catholic Church's "deposit of faith".  In relation to this deposit, the official teaching office the Church, the Magisterium, is also introduced as the means by which the Holy Spirit guides the Church "into all truth," assuring that the "gates of the netherworld shall not prevail" against the Bride of Christ, "the pillar and foundation of...
Topics: Scripture, Tradition, Holy Tradition, Bible, Inspiration, Word of God, pillar and foundation of...
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Oct 10, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk is sprawling, reviewing the cohesiveness of the seven principles of Catholic social teaching and exploring the difficulties inherent in applying them to the complexities of temporal affairs.  It looks at the vocation of the laity, aspects of the virtue of prudence and its acts, especially the judgment of conscience, the relationship between Church and State, the authentic meaning of freedom of religion, and the principles of double effect and cooperation.  Lastly, a look at four key...
Topics: Catholic Social Teaching, prudence, prudential judgement, conscience, judgment of conscience,...
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Oct 4, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk looks at God's self-disclosure in the Word as extended in history through the mediation of the Church, especially in the written Scriptures and in Sacred Tradition.  
Topics: Scripture, Word, Bible, Fathers, Ignatius of Antioch, Jesus, RCIA, St. Rita, Catechesis, Sacred...
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Sep 27, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk explores scriptural, early Church, and current witness and teaching with regard to the sacrament of Holy Orders and the reality of apostolic succession that derives from it.  The offices of bishop, priest, and deacon constitute a distinctive element of Christianity and is a sign of the visible unity of the Bride of Christ, the articulated social body of Christ in history.  
Topics: Holy Orders, Sacrament, apostolic succession, Irenaeus, Ignatius, Clement, Biblical, Historical,...
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Sep 20, 2018 Joshua Clemmons
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This talk is an introductory discussion about three of the four pillars of the Catholic Church, that it is one, holy, and catholic.  It's apostolicity is touched upon only briefly as an aspect of its visible articulation, but the emphasis is on its unity, holiness, and universality under the general thematic rubric of the Church as Bride and Body of Christ.  
Topics: Catholic Church, One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Invisible, Visible, Triumphant, Pilgrim, Unity,...